DC SIGAda


Our Next Joint Meeting with the Baltimore SIGAda Chapter
is scheduled for
Thursday, 13 May 2004 at 7:30 P.M.
Dr. Alfred Kromholz of the MITRE Corporation
will be speaking on
Mapping Software Assurance into the Software Engineering Process
at the DC SIGAda Venue
(MITRE 2, McLean, Virginia)


Attention:

To Members and Friends of DC SIGAda

Next Meeting:

Our Next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 13 May 2004, as a Joint Meeting of the Baltimore and DC SIGAda Chapters. Dr. Alfred Kromholz will be speaking on "Mapping Software Assurance into the Software Engineering Process".

The presentation will start at 7:30 P.M. (Refreshments and Social at 7:00 P.M.) at the new MITRE 2 Building in McLean, Virginia

Munchies and soft drinks will be served at 7:00 PM, the general meeting will start at 7:30 PM, followed by the program.

Title:

Mapping Assurance to the Software Engineering Process
or
How to Feel Warm and Fuzzy without Blanket Coverage

Abstract:

Software Assurance is becoming a very important topic for many applications, especially those having High Integrity requirements. The question is: How does one integrate Assurance Requirements onto the Software Engineering/Development Process?

One traditional approach to describing a product software development process is through the use of a “V Chart”, which is basically an extension of the traditional waterfall diagram. In this depiction, the software development process can be viewed as three areas on the chart: requirements decomposition descending the left-hand side of the V, end-product development at the base of the V, and integration/verification ascending the right-hand side of the V.

“Assurance”, the flip side of the design-build-verify coin, gives the customer a level of confidence that the untested or untestable characteristics of the product nevertheless meet expectations. This presentation summarizes a life-cycle approach to developing assurance cases. It shows how assurance-cases can also be represented by a new kind of life-cycle V Chart, with the left-hand side of the V describing expectations regarding a target system and the right-hand side as the synthesis and evaluation of assurance evidence.

This presentation can be valuable to you as it will provide you with a greater insight into important issues of the software engineering/software development process. Alfred Kromholz provides an interesting and different perspective on how we should be doing software today. His presentation will open your mind to thinking about better ways to do software development regardless of whether software assurance is important to your organization or not.

Presenter:

Alfred Kromholz has been active in the field of organizational and software process improvement for over 15 years. In a field rife with TLAs (three-letter acronyms) his SPI work has spanned such diverse areas as DKC (Design Knowledge Capture), QFD (Quality Function Deployment), TQM (Total Quality Management), JAD (Joint Application Design) BPR (Business Process Redesign), and CMM (Capability Maturity Models). His formal academic training includes a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (with a minor focus in European languages and literature), an MA in Classics (Latin and Greek studies), and a PhD in Ancient Cultures (archaeology/anthropology, history and languages). He has lectured in both anthropology/archaeology and computer science in Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Israel and Turkey.

Dr. Kromholz has broad experience on hardware (ham radio, aircraft assembly lines, computer design) and software (over 40 years in system design and coding). He worked on both the Lunar Module and Space Station programs, and on applications as varied as archaeological artifact processing, hydrological exploration, integrated petroleum corporation operations, and U.S. visa processing. Most of his recent work has focused on Process Improvement and Organizational Culture in the U.S. and the Near East. Dr. Kromholz is currently a Lead Systems Engineer with The MITRE Corporation.

Venue/Directions

MITRE 2
Room 1N100 A/B
The MITRE Corporation
7515 Colshire Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102-7508

Directions:

MITRE 2 is on Colshire Drive just inside the beltway south of Route 123. Colshire Road is known as "Scotts Xing" on the North side of Route 123.

Colshire Road is located on Route 123, East of I-495 and West of the Dulles Access Highway.

  • Going Northbound on 123 from I-495, Colshire Road is located 2 stoplights on the right.
  • Going Southbound on 123 from the Dulles Access Highway, Colshire Road is located at the first stoplight on the left.
Once on Colshire Road, MITRE 2 is the building immediately in front of you. A tiny traffic circle is designed to take you to the front of MITRE 2 and to MITRE 1 (the Hayes Building). The directions below route you to the parking garage behind the MITRE 2 Building. This is a logical left-hand turn at the traffic circle. After the turn, MITRE 2 will be on your right.

From I-495 south of Route 123 (Dolley Madison Boulevard):

1. Take Exit 46B (McLean, Route 123);
2. Go North onto Route 123;
3. Turn right onto Colshire Drive (at second light);
4. Take third right off of the small traffic circle;
   (a logical left hand turn);
5. Proceed ~ 50 meters; Turn right into parking garage.
6. Visitor Parking is located on Levels 2 and 3
   (the walkway to the lobby is on Parking Level 2)
7. If door is locked, contact Security using phone by door
   (at entrance to MITRE 2 from the Parking Garage)
8. Check in with Security at Security desk in lobby
   (You will need a photo ID)

From Dulles Access Toll Road or I-495 north of the Dulles Access Toll Road:

1. Take the Dulles Airport Access and Toll Road to Exit 19;
   (From I-495, this is labeled "To East I-66");
2. Take Exit 19A;
   (following signs to Route 123 South, Tyson’s Corner);
3. Bear right onto Route 123 (towards Tyson’s Corner)
4. Turn left onto Colshire Drive (at first light);
5. Take third right off of the small traffic circle;
   (a logical left hand turn);
6. Proceed ~ 50 meters; Turn right into parking garage.
7. Visitor Parking is located on Levels 2 and 3
   (the walkway to the lobby is on Parking Level 2)
8. If door is locked, contact Security using phone by door
   (at entrance to MITRE 2 from the Parking Garage)
9. Check in with Security at Security desk in lobby
   (You will need a photo ID)

To obtain a map of MITRE 2 Building and the MITRE Campus, visit =>
http://www.acm.org/sigada/locals/dc/Directions_MITRE2.html.

Slides From Recent Presentations Available:

At the DC SIGAda meeting on 11 March 2004, Scott Ankrum gave a presentation on Assurance Frameworks. His presentation is available online as a PowerPoint presentation at http://www.acm.org/sigada/locals/dc/200403_Ankrum_Assurance_Case.ppt (ppt, 387 KB).

At the Baltimore SIGAda meeting on 27 April 2004, Currie Colket gave a presentation on Code Analysis for Quality in High Integrity Systems. His presentation is available online as a PowerPoint presentation at http://www.acm.org/sigada/locals/dc/200404_Code_Analysis_for_Quality.ppt (ppt, 1.4 MB).

Please Put on Your Calendar:

  • 14 September 2004 - The next meeting of the ACM Baltimore SIGAda Chapter Meeting for Tuesday - TBD will be speaking on TBD. Both DC SIGAda and Baltimore SIGAda go on vacation for the summer.
  • 14 October 2004 - The next meeting of the ACM DC SIGAda Chapter Meeting for Thursday - Ross Rader of Lockheed Martin will be speaking on FAA Enroute Automation Modernization Program . [Note: Mr. Ross Rader was originally scheduled to speak on 13 May 2004. His presentation has been moved to 14 October due to delays in the public release process.
  • 14-18 November 2004 - SIGAda 2004 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. Details at http://www.acm.org/sigada/conf/sigada2004

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Many thanks to all earlier participants, contributors, speakers, advisors, and friends, who are involved in helping to produce and attend the meetings.

Jeff Castellow, Chair, DC SIGAda


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updated 4 May 2004